GSA Technology Council

F3 Engineering to Establish North American Headquarters in Spartanburg County

$3.9 million investment will result in the creation of an expected 53 new jobs

F3 EngineeringA provider of technology, products and services in military and commercial mission-critical applications will locate its North American headquarters and manufacturing operations in Spartanburg County. F3 Engineering is investing $3.9 million over three years, resulting in an expected 53 new jobs.

Founded in 1999 in New Jersey, F3 Engineering prides itself in providing customers with mission-critical technology. Through the use of resources and expertise to prototype and manufacture complex products, the company brings technical, administrative and managerial resources together to provide a total program of complex engineering and contract manufacturing solutions.

The establishment of a North American headquarters in Spartanburg County provides F3 Engineering with an opportunity to continue growing the company. Although many locations were considered for this facility, the F3 Engineering selection team concluded that Spartanburg was the right choice, offering a convenient location, excellent climate and good quality of life. Furthermore, the 25,000 square-foot facility, located at 350 Seminole Drive in Spartanburg, is positioned in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone). The management team believes that the company’s experience and capabilities, coupled with the highest quality assurance standards and the HUBZone designation, will allow for many new business opportunities in this facility.

via F3 Engineering

Car Tech of the Future to be Demonstrated in Greenville

CU-ICARCars that drive themselves, electric vehicles that charge wirelessly and other automotive technology that once seemed straight out of science fiction will be put in the spotlight this week as automotive experts from throughout the Southeast gather in Greenville.

The IEEE/ITIC Automotive Innovations Driving Experience on Thursday and Friday serves as a showcase for the growing research-and-development capabilities in South Carolina’s automotive sector.CU-iCAR sign

Seminars on the first day and the morning of the second day will be at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) and begin at 9 a.m. Driving demonstrations will be at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (SCTAC) and will go from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Southeast has become a hub of advanced manufacturing since several European and Asian companies began investing in new automotive plants in the 1990s.

Joachim Taiber, a research professor in Clemson’s department of automotive engineering, said the Southeast also is building its research-and-development capabilities, which are critical to remaining competitive.

“Furthering research and development will help attract new companies to the state and encourage the ones already here to expand,” he said.

It will also open new research opportunities to graduate students in the automotive engineering program at CU-ICAR, said Imtiaz Haque, the chair of the automotive engineering in the College of Engineering and Science.

“Connecting students with industry benefits both,” he said. “Students get real-world experience in product development, while industry gets fresh ideas from highly motivated, enthusiastic students. It’s a win-win.

“More research and development in the Southeast will also open more local job opportunities, which will help keep graduates in the area.”

Taiber serves as general chair of the IEEE event and principal investigator of a sponsored research project with SCTAC.

CU-ICAR and SCTAC are working together to develop what researchers call “a connected vehicle testbed” that includes concrete and asphalt straightaways, an urban testing grid and an interstate test track.

The testbed is operated by the nonprofit International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) that will be in the spotlight as automotive experts gather for the event.

ITIC aims to be a world-class automotive testing center, where researchers can test drive prototype vehicles and try out new components and networked systems.

CU-ICAR’s involvement gives ITIC the advantage of having access to researchers who are working on cutting-edge technology, including cars connected to the Internet, self-driving cars, remote-control cars and wireless charging for electric vehicles.

Admission for the two-day IEEE event is $15 for IEEE members and $20 for non-IEEE members. Tickets are $10 for those who want to attend only the Friday driving demonstration. Both days are free for Clemson faculty members and students, but they must register to attend.

To register, go to Ecosystems Experience.

The interactive presentations and CU-ICAR lab demonstrations will be on the CU-ICAR campus. Check-in will be in the TD Gallery at 5 Research Drive.

Check-in for the vehicle exhibition and driving demonstrations will be at the SCTAC Administration Building at 2 Exchange Drive in Greenville. Driving demonstrations will be at the ITIC track, a five-minute drive from the check-in point.


Spartanburg Based AFL Receives Five Patents for New Technologies

AFL GlobalAFL has been awarded five patents for new technologies used in the enhancement of AFL’s Optical Connectivity and Apparatus (OCA) and test and inspection products.

The first patent is for an Optical Fiber Expansion Joint which helically bridges the gap between two cable end units within a loose tube fiber optic cable. This apparatus secures the cable’s structural integrity while also preventing micro-bends caused by shrinking of the outer jacket.

The second patent is for a High Fiber Count Package Foam Insert that enhances packaging and securing High Fiber Count (HFC) connector assemblies. The foam insert allows installers to route HFC connector assemblies into ducts, airways and panels without removing the packaging, ensuring the cable’s integrity throughout the installation process.

The next patent is for a Fiber Management Spool that uses an innovative snap on design for installation onto panels which store and control optical fibers, preventing attenuation due to excessive bending. Another patent was received for a High Density Cable Management Bracket which aids in arranging terminating ends of cables by routing them at different distances from the mounting end of the bracket.

Lastly, a patent was received for an Interferometer Adapter Cap which provides a low sensitivity and cost effective solution for attachment of optical flats to portable optical fiber inspection microscopes.

via AFL Global

GreenJUG presents “Ceylon: a language with static types that work” with Gavin King October 16

Gavin King is the Creator of Hibernate and the Ceylon programming language. He has co-authored “Java Persistence with Hibernate”, “Hibernate in Action”, and “NHibernate in Action”. He is a “Star Spec Lead” on the JCP and Java Champion as well as the subject of numerous interviews by, JavaPerformanceTuning, and numerous interviews, talks, etc. on InfoQ. He is a speaker at numerous conferences such as Q-Con in Bejing in 2011. RedHat/JBoss is currently promoting his Eastern US speaking tour.

He’s been called the second most important person in Java (after James Gosling). He’ll be speaking in Greenville, one night only, for free, with free food. There are only 15 tickets left as of midnight Wednesday.

Get tickets here.

via Greenville Java Users Group

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Worthwhile Hires Vice President of New Business

Worthwhile, a customer-driven digital strategy firm based in Greenville, S.C., with an additional office in Charlotte, NC, is pleased to announce the hiring of Micah Brandenburg as their newest vice president of new business.

Brandenburg will lead Worthwhile’s team in engaging with companies, startups and individuals who can benefit from our services. He will also oversee Worthwhile’s marketing efforts.

Brandenburg’s career experience features more than a decade in the banking industry, most recently as the Vice President of the Business Banking Group at Citizens Bank in Providence, Rhode Island. He returns to Greenville, where he worked for Pinnacle Bank from 2006-10.

via Worthwhile

Solar Atmospheres Opening First Southeastern Facility in Greenville County

Solar AtmostpheresSolar Atmospheres, a leading commercial heat treating company, is establishing its first Southeastern operations in Greenville County, South Carolina to better serve customers in the automotive and aerospace-rich region. The company’s more than $15 million investment will create 11 new jobs in the area.

Solar Atmospheres is one of the world’s largest providers of commercial vacuum heat treating services. The newest division of Solar Atmospheres will be operating out of 54,000 square feet of manufacturing space at 108 Progressive Court. The facility is located on a 14-acre site south of Greenville near the intersection of I-85 and I-185, which is within a one-day trip from most industrial centers in the Southeast.

“This is a major expansion for our companies with an investment in excess of $15 million including building, property, new vacuum furnaces, and a facility-wide closed-loop water cooling system to ensure continuous uptime for our customers,” noted Roger Jones, Corporate President of Solar Atmospheres. Mr. Jones also expressed appreciation to the Greenville Area Development Corporation, the Upstate South Carolina Alliance and the South Carolina Department of Commerce for helping to make the announcement possible.

“Greenville was selected because of its logistical convenience to current and prospective customers, and the favorable business climate in South Carolina and especially in the Greenville area,” added Steve Prout, President of Solar Atmospheres Southeast.

“With this announcement we are once again proving that South Carolina is a place where businesses of all kinds can grow and succeed. We celebrate Solar Atmospheres for choosing Greenville County for their new facility, bringing $15 million in investment and creating 11 new jobs for the area,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Vacuum furnaces and support equipment are currently being scheduled for installation and startup. Furnace sizes will range from vacuum furnaces capable of supporting small production lots and development work to a 24-foot car bottom furnace for processing large, heavy loads. Process capabilities will range from standard vacuum heat treating to vacuum carburizing, vacuum annealing, vacuum stress relieving, vacuum brazing, and other specialized vacuum thermal processes as well as research and development activity.

“Companies that serve our growing automotive and aerospace sectors are quickly finding a home in South Carolina,” noted Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “What a testament to our business-friendly reputation that Solar Atmospheres will bring their first facility in the Southeastern United States to Greenville.”

Company representatives expect the Greenville facility to open by the end of the first quarter of 2015. The company operates three existing facilities in the United States: two in Pennsylvania and another in California. Solar Atmospheres today serves more than 18 industries, including aerospace, medical, automotive and power generation.

“Solar Atmospheres is an outstanding example of a company that is using world-class technology, unmatched technical expertise and performance-based processes to grow and succeed,” said Richard (Dick) Wilkerson, Chairman of the Greenville Area Development Corporation. “Theirs is a technology-driven business with an entrepreneurial energy, and will be a great addition to Greenville County.”

“The Upstate region is primed to support innovation and growth among cutting-edge partners serving the automotive and aerospace industries. This area is home to a growing array of research-driven, technically advanced organizations whose expertise continues to fuel our regional economy. We welcome Solar Atmospheres to the Upstate,” said John Lummus, President and CEO of the Upstate SC Alliance.

Hiring will begin in January. Those interested in being a part of the new Solar Atmospheres Greenville team may visit the company’s careers page.

via Solar Atmostpheres

Universities Get $5.25M to Advance Nuclear Technologies in South Carolina

A team of environmental scientists and engineers from Clemson University, the University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University, led by Clemson University associate professor Brian Powell, was awarded a three-year, $5.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research to make a direct positive impact on South Carolina in the advancement of monitoring, remediation and disposal of radioactive contaminants.

“Understanding the scientific and engineering needs for safely and adequately dealing with environmental aspects of nuclear technologies is imperative if South Carolina is to make a positive and meaningful contribution to the future of nuclear energy,” said Powell.

The objective of the project is to address key scientific issues identified by several Department of Energy (DOE) programs that limit the present understanding of radionuclide behavior in natural and engineered systems in support of closure of DOE legacy weapons production sites, disposal of radioisotope-bearing wastes and disposal of spent nuclear fuel from commercial energy production.

The key issues to be addressed include identifying source terms for contaminants in geologic disposal scenarios, determining the chemical speciation of contaminants, delineating the biogeochemical and physical processes through which contaminant transport is manifested, and predicting contaminant mobility across wide temporal and spatial scales.

To address the multidisciplinary nature of these problems, the research team members have expertise in nuclear engineering, radiochemistry, health physics, plant physiology, environmental science, hydrogeology, geophysics, computational modeling and civil engineering.

“Through this grant, we will produce intellectual capital, establish a research testbed capable of monitoring radionuclide transport through waste forms and soils, and develop highly integrative reactive transport models,” Powell said.

“Due to the high level of nuclear-related activities within the state of South Carolina, having educational and research programs to support these activities is critical for economic development,” he said.

The scope and potential impacts of this work are consistent with the South Carolina Vision 2025 plan to advance the state’s capacity in science and technology by developing nationally and globally competitive, multi-disciplinary research centers to “address complex problems and opportunities that are unique to South Carolina.”

via Clemson University

Account Executive Joins Worthwhile’s Team

Worthwhile, a customer-driven digital strategy firm based in Greenville, S.C. with an additional office in Charlotte, NC, is pleased to announce the hiring of their newest account executive, Thomas Sneed.

Thomas SneedSneed will serve Worthwhile’s clients by managing projects and retainers to ensure that Worthwhile’s work accomplishes business goals and meets timelines and budgets.

Sneed joins Worthwhile after three years as director of sales at a manufacturing company in Dayton, Ohio. He has more than 10 years of project management experience.

Clemson University’s Vismita Sonagra Named First Bosch Fellow

Clemson University’s first Bosch fellow is an automotive engineering graduate student who shares her knowledge of engines and love of learning from the classroom to the NASCAR track.

cuicarboschfellowVismita Sonagra was named Bosch fellow in a celebration Monday at the Clemson University-International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).

Sonagra will receive $20,000 and will be encouraged to continue her outreach to boost K-12 education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“I feel happy and grateful,” she said. “More than that, I think it’s a big encouragement. What Bosch is doing for STEM is really huge.”

The award was made possible earlier this year by a $500,000 grant from the Bosch Community Fund, which established an endowment in perpetuity for automotive-engineering fellowships. The Bosch Community Fund is the charitable foundation of Robert Bosch LLC.

The program is aimed at inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists and diversifying the workforce. Awards target exemplary students who are from groups with low representation in engineering and science, including women and minorities.

Sonagra’s award was announced by Mike Mansuetti, who received a mechanical engineering degree from Clemson University in 1987 and is now president of Robert Bosch LLC.

“I’d like to congratulate Vismita,” Mansuetti said. “It’s wonderful to see that Clemson continues to produce some of the nation’s brightest students and offer top-notch programs. It is always good to return to this campus, but especially today when we make this first fellowship announcement and honor the great work of Vismita Sonagra and Clemson University’s educational excellence.

“Vismita and her classmates represent the workforce of the future. She is well on her way, and we are excited by the potential of those who will follow in her footsteps in the future. Together, Bosch and Clemson will help move students into STEM-related careers and help individuals reach their full potential. We see tremendous opportunities now and in the future for students with a strong STEM background.”

Bosch fellows will go to local elementary and middle schools, where they will participate in activities that support STEM education.

Those schools will include the Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School, which opened in August adjacent to CU-ICAR.

As a role model to K-12 students, Sonagra makes learning about STEM interactive, fun and achievable.

Sonagra said that even before she was named fellow, she worked with a team that shows K-12 teachers the science behind driving so that they can go back to the classroom with innovative lessons.

As part of the program, the team takes teachers to NASCAR races and has developed a lesson based on the science of seat belts, Sonagra said.

She plans to step up her K-12 outreach now that she has been named Bosch fellow.

“Those are the formative years, and that’s when many of us decide whether or not we’re going to pursue science,” Sonagra said. “I plan to visit some schools and talk to the students, talk to the girls. I’d like to ask them what they think and maybe give them a pointer or two.”

Helping graduate students pursue their STEM-related degrees while encouraging them to give back to the educational community is exactly what the Bosch Fellowship is designed to do.

The Bosch program will also help CU-ICAR recruit and retain top-quality students and bring more women and minority students into STEM fields, said Imtiaz Haque, founding chair of the automotive engineering department and executive director of the Carroll A. Campbell Graduate Engineering Center at CU-ICAR.

“We are extremely grateful to Bosch for these fellowships and very proud of Vismita,” Haque said. “She is the first of what will be many fellows who will help keep America competitive in the 21st century. The Bosch endowment helps us attain two major goals, namely bringing exceptional talent to the automotive engineering program and creating an exceptional talent pool for the STEM fields that are so critical to our future success as a nation.”

Bosch has operations in more than 30 U.S. locations, including four in South Carolina. Charleston and Fountain Inn each have one location, and Anderson has two.

“The fellowships are an important piece of the Bosch Community Fund,” Mansuetti said. “We have several strong programs in STEM and continue to grow them.

“Mentoring is part of our outreach. We also support teachers and parents as they ready the next generation of students to study, learn and successfully compete to fill STEM-related jobs. Hopefully, it will spark an interest that leads to a lifelong passion for STEM fields and prosperous careers that fill a critical need in the workforce.”

Sonagra said she first became interested in physics and other sciences while a high school student in Pune, India. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering at Maharashtra Institute of Technology, graduating in 2012.

Robert Prucka, an assistant professor at CU-ICAR, has played an important role in her education, encouraging her along the way, Sonagra said.

“A lot of the work I do at CU-ICAR would not have been possible if not for him,” she said.

Sonagra said she is looking for an internship for her last semester and anticipates graduating with her Masters degree as early as next summer.